The Protestants Family Bible. Containing the Old and New Testament, with the Apocrypha, illustrated by explanatory Notes. With a compleat Concordance, and general Index. By a Society of Protestant Divines.
London: Harrison and co., [1780-81]. Thick small folio, (viii) frontispiece (loose), t/p and preface, (903); (viii) family genealogy, (ii) frontispiece, (904)-1116, (1117-1180 concordance), (4, list of subscribers and ads.)pp. With 58 plates within elaborate frames dated variously 1780 and 1781. 19th century full sprinkled calf, red morocco label, new endpapers. Usual wear and tear found in family Bibles, t/p laid down, frontispiece with marginal damage outside the plate and reinserted, family genealogy laid down and mounted. In all a very good copy of an extremely rare Bible, with 5 plates engraved by William Blake. First edition thus, issued originally in parts and perhaps thus of great rarity. The last copy to change hands was in 1993 when Essick bought his copy; he has not recorded another copy in the marketplace since. That rarity is born out by ESTC which records 4 copies in all, two at the BL (seriously imperfect), one in Oxford (Queens College) and one in North America (Bentley Blake Collection at Victoria University). It is noteworthy for the profusion of illustrations from classical sources, and in the five plates engraved by Blake he shows his knowledge of the work of Rubens and Raphael most likely from reproductions in earlier illustrated books. See Essick, CBI, VI. Bentley, Blake Books, 419. Darlow and Moule 1273.
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